Benefits Of Breastfeeding

Benefits Of Breastfeeding

Mothers are advised to breastfeed their newborn for 6 months or longer, this is because breast milk contains all the right nutrients that will help in the development of the child.

17 Aug, 2022

Mothers are advised to breastfeed their newborn for 6 months or longer, this is because breast milk contains all the right nutrients that will help in the development of the child. The first few days after delivery, your breasts produces a thick yellowish fluid called colostrum. Colostrum is low in sugar and high in protein. The nutrients in colostrum can't be replaced with baby formulas.Colostrum which is also called first milk helps the baby's digestive system develop. The breast milk caters for the child's need in every stage. Below are some benefits of breastfeeding.

 

Breast milk contains antibodies

 

Aside its nutritional value, breast milk contains antibodies that helps the child fights of bacterias and viruses. Remember that the child's system are still developing, so it will be easy for them to fall sick. Colostrum provides a high amount of immunoglobulin which gives immunity to the child. Studies have shown that babies who were not breastfed are more vulnerable to certain health issues. Formulas do not provide antibodies for the child.

 

Breastfeeding makes children smarter

 

Studies have shown that children who are breastfed have a different brain development than those who are fed with formulas. Another research carried out shows that children who are breastfed are less likely to develop learning difficulties or behavioral problems. Breast feeding has a long-term effect on the child's brain development.

 

Breastfeeding helps the uterus return to its original size

 

During pregnancy, your uterus increases and fills up your stomach. After delivery it slowly returns to its former size. Oxytocin ( a hormone that is released during pregnancy and childbirth) helps drive this process. It helps the uterine to contract and returns the uterus to its previous size